Saturday, September 22, 2007

Matildas outdo Socceroos

Lisa De Vanna Remember the excitement last year when the Socceroos got into the round of 16 in the FIFA world cup?

Well, there isn't quite as much excitement about it around the traps but now the Matildas (Australian women's soccer team) have exceeded the blokes in the women's equivalent, the FIFA women's world cup, by getting into the quarter finals.

Anyone notice the difference in media coverage?

The game isn't quite as fast or as dependent on raw strength, but it's just as dependent on dexterity and skill. In fact, I wonder if it's true to say the women's game has more display of dexterity than the men's because they have less body weight to throw behind the ball?

Huge credit to Lisa De Vanna, who's already scored 3 goals to get the team into the quarter finals. On Thursday, watching her maintain control of the ball, weave and feint to set up an equaliser against Canada in the last minutes of injury time is up there, to me, with watching Harry Kewell score an equaliser against Croatia last year!

Good luck against Brazil tomorrow night!

Image by Associated Press via The Age.
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Blogger Dima said...

I never realized that you are such a big soccer fan... :)

September 23, 2007 6:36 am  
Blogger Andy said...

Womens cricket is the same - no coverage.

Also the football bias of the media sucks. Take for example when Australia won the world cup (cricket we're talking about here) we still were told that was nothing to what the Crows had done in the off season.

September 26, 2007 7:10 am  
Blogger SouthOzBloke said...

I notice the same with surfing.
It's probably pointless to even start on the prize money and sponsorship deals for men versus women so I won't even go there (preaching to the converted I think).
It might be because I'm a bit of a hippy and I've been surfing forever but female surfers seem to be a lot more fluid and blend each surfing manoevre smoothly into the next one while the guys muscle their way through the wave.
For this reason I enjoy watching women's surfing a lot more.

October 11, 2007 1:56 am  

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